Don’t be mistaken for thinking triathlon is just for grown ups. There are kids’ events all around the country and they’re growing in popularity. Here are some of the best kids’ triathlons around…
TATA KIDS OF STEEL
One of the world’s largest and longest running children’s triathlon series, run by the British Triathlon Trust (British Triathlon and Tata Steel), is now in its ninth year and by the end of 2015 more than 70,000 youngsters will have taken part. One former Kid of Steel is Josh Jones, 18, last year’s British age group triathlon champion. There are 10 events held between May and July with a special final race at London’s iconic Olympic venue The London Aquatics Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 14. Entries are through schools only so contact your school directly to see if they can get involved. Bikes and helmets are provided and entry is free.
Entry numbers have been doubled to meet demand and there are now four Ironkids events across the UK held the day before each main Ironman event with more than 6,500 places available. There is no swim or bike – children simply run between 500m and 2.5k according to age. With an emphasis on ‘having a go and being part of a world class and iconic event’ there are no finish times but a T-shirt and medal are awarded. Prices range from £2 (Ironkids at IMUK is sponsored by Bolton Council) to £14.84
CASTLE TRIATHLON SERIES
Organisers of the world’s largest children’s triathlon at its Hever Castle race in Kent each September are gearing up for 5,000 racers on Saturday 26th (8-10 year olds) and Sunday 27th September (11-15 year olds). Children’s races are also held at five venues including Castle Howard and Cholmondely Castle. Entry price is from £30. Castle Triathlon also runs Try-Knight to promote the sport in primary schools. Free information and resources include lesson ideas, assemblies hosted by elite triathletes, guidance from qualified coaches and training location suggestions. Email email@example.com for information.
A range of scootathlon (scoot, bike and run events for four to eight year olds) and triathlon events for youth participants (from 11-18 year olds). There are 13 events from May to September at venues including Dorney Lake and Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. Some venues include a fun parent and child scootathlon relay with adult scooters provided. Entry is from £19.
WORDS: Fiona Duffy PICTURES: British Triathlon/TATA Steel and castletriathlonseries
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